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Modi, Nawaz give go-ahead for Pakistan-India series

KARACHI: One of the most anticipated cricketing events of 2015 — a bilateral series between Pakistan and India — is finally set to become a reality as the governments of both countries agreed on the series in principle, with a formal announcement expected to be made on Tuesday.

Both boards have kept their cards close to their chest on the issue thus far but an affirmative decision has been made by both sides, with Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi both agreeing to the series.

Several ‘soft’ interviews have been given in recent days in order to rein in the increased tension and escalating animosity between the two countries. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is especially vulnerable to an attack from activists similar to when the Shiv Sena recently stormed the BCCI headquarters before expected talks between the two nations.

Along with the announcement of the bilateral series, which will be held in Sri Lanka, will come the confirmation that Pakistan will participate in next year’s World Twenty20 in India.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was scheduled to arrive in Islamabad  early Tuesday to attend a conference on Afghanistan, and is expected to meet Nawaz and Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

“The Pakistan-India series is set to take place after an exchange between Nawaz and Modi, with a formal announcement to be made either on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday,” revealed a high level government official close of the development. “As planned, the short series will be played in Sri Lanka, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been told that it is as good as done; with only a formal declaration remaining.”

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